Sarikei Division

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Sarikei
Official logo of Sarikei
Divisions of Sarawak
Location of Sarikei
Local area government(s) Majlis Daerah Sarikei (MDS), Majlis Daerah Meradong dan Julau (MDMJ) (Meradong and Julau), Majlis Daerah Pakan (MDP)
Area
 • Total 4,332.4 km2 (1,672.7 sq mi)
Population (2010[1])
 • Total 116,290
 • Density 27/km2 (70/sq mi)
Resident Michael Dawi Alli
License plate prefix QR
Website Sarikei Administrative Division

Sarikei Division is one of the eleven administrative divisions in Sarawak, east Malaysia, located on the island of Borneo. Formerly part of the Third Division, which included Sibu and Kapit, Sarikei Division has a total area of 4,332.4 square kilometres, and is the second smallest of the administrative divisions of Sarawak.

Sarikei Division contains four administrative districts: Sarikei, Meradong, Julau and Pakan.

History and background[edit]

The early history of Sarikei can be traced as far back as the early 19th century. There are many historical events to show its existence. For example, Rajah James Brooke first visited Sarikei on 30 April 1845. There were also resistance from the local people towards the Brooke’s administration, including the burning of Sarikei on 4 January 1856 and the Julau Expedition on 19 June 1856, which was led by Sir Charles Brooke to counter the native resistance in Julau.

The establishment of Sarikei as a new Division was mainly based on security consideration. Datu Wilson Baya Dandot, The Deputy State Secretary (Planning and Development) in his article entitled: Sarawak’s Unique Administrative Identity: Establishment of Divisional, District and Sub-District Machinery For Enhancing Development Administration said that the establishment of Sarikei as the Sixth Division then was due to the security threats posed by the communist insurgency which was at its height at that time. It was felt that with the establishment of a new Sarikei Division the government would be able to concentrate and focus more in its efforts to contain and counter the security problem in the area.[2]

Resident's Roll of Honor[edit]

  • Mr. Chin Ting Ming
  • Datuk Wan Hashim Bin Tuanku Taha
  • Tuan Hj Adenan B Hj Aman
  • Tuan Hj Mohd Iskandar B Abdullah
  • Mr.Noel Hudson Laga
  • Mr.Patrick Rigep Nuek
  • Mr.Nilie Tangai
  • Mr.Jolhi B Hj Saar
  • Tuan Hj Mohd Atei Abang Medaan
  • Mr.Liaw Soon Eng
  • Mr. Sim Nyuk Foh
  • Mr.Isaka Kana

Demographics[edit]

The total population is 115, 529.[3] The population is ethnically mixed, with mostly Iban, Melanau, Malay, Bidayuh and Chinese predominating. Majority people live in Sarikei town.

Sarikei Division Ethnic Statistic [4][5]
Administrative District Total
Population
Malay Iban Bidayuh Melanau Other
Bumiputera
Chinese Indian Other
Non-Bumiputera
Non-Citizen
Sarikei 56,228 9,192 18,559 456 3,933 594 21,772 116 370 1,236
Meradong 28,713 4,450 12,322 217 1,489 282 8,731 93 92 1,037
Julau 15,449 245 14,504 59 60 94 435 7 12 30
Pakan 15,139 125 14,423 26 39 136 289 13 35 53
Total Sarikei Division 115, 529 14,012 59,808 758 5,521 1,106 31,227 229 509 2,356

Economy[edit]

The economy of the division is mostly agricultural. Sarikei Division produces more pepper than any other divisions in Sarawak. It is also famous for fruits, especially pineapples and oranges. The timber industry, as elsewhere in Sarawak, is also a major component of the local economy.

Politic Administration[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Parliament Member of Parliament
P206 Tanjung Manis YB Datuk Hajah Norah Tun Abdul Rahman
P208 Sarikei YB Tuan Wong Ling Biu
P209 Julau Datuk Joseph Salang ak Gandum

Member of State Assembly[edit]

State Assembly Member of state assembly
N35 Belawai YB Datu Len Latif Salleh
N36 Semop YB Mr. Abdullah Saidol
N39 Repok YB Dr. Wong Hua Seh
N40 Meradong YB Ms. Ting Tze Fui
N41 Pakan YB Tan Sri William Mawan ak Ikom
N42 Meluan YB Mr. Wong ak Judat

Transportation[edit]

Sarikei is centre of administrative division and it can be reach by land, water and air transportation via Sibu Airport.

Public Transport[edit]

From To Transportation Duration
Kuching International Airport Sibu Airport Flight 35–40 minutes
Sibu Airport Sarikei Bus/Taxi (From Sibu Town Centre) 64 km/1 hour
Terminal Ekspress Bintawa, Kuching Terminal 1, Sarikei Express bot 3 hours 30 minutes
Kuching Sentral Terminal Bas Ekspress Sarikei Express bus 360 km/6 hours

Own Transport[edit]

You also can drive from Kuching to Sarikei (360 km/6 hours) or from Sibu to Sarikei (64 km/1 hour).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laporan Kiraan Permulaan 2010". Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia. p. iv. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ministry of Urban Development and Tourism Sarawak". 
  3. ^ "Total population by ethnic group, sub-district and state, Malaysia, 2010". Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Total population by ethnic group, sub-district and state, Malaysia, 2010". Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Official website of Sarikei Administrative Division". Retrieved 12 July 2014. 

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